Almost all mosques destroyed in Central African Republic: UN envoy

2015-03-19 04:24:32 | Al Muslim News
Almost all mosques destroyed in Central African Republic: UN envoy

 

Almost all of the 436 mosques in the Central African Republic (CAR) have been destroyed by months of deadly sectarian violence, the US diplomat to the United Nations Samantha Power said. Power spoke to reporters on Tuesday after a Security Council visit to the country last week, calling the devastation "kind of crazy, chilling". Al Jazeera news reported. She expressed concern about an upcoming possible security vacuum as European Union and French forces pull out and a UN peacekeeping force is still not at full strength. Around one million people of the country's 4.5 million papulation have been displaced by the conflict so far. Most of them who have fled are Muslim. More than 5,000 people have been killed since Central African Republic exploded into unprecedented violence in December 2013. when Christian armed groups launched coordinated attacks against the mostly Muslim Seleka group that toppled the government in March that year. During the inspection visit, the US envoy visited one remaining Muslim neighborhood in the country’s capital Bangui and described the people living there as “a terrified population.” Muslim women, afraid of leaving the community while wearing their veils, are choosing to give birth in their homes instead of hospitals, the ambassador said. UN peacekeepers, French forces and a European Union military operation have tried to calm the violence. But Power said the last of the EU force of about 750 troops left the Central African Republic over the weekend, shortly after the Security Council visit. "That's a big drop-off in capability," she said. Meanwhile, the French forces have announced a "substantial drawdown" by the end of this year. France had deployed 2,000 troops to its former colony. The provisional government in Country, which is supported by international peacekeepers, is currently trying to pave the way for a peaceful election in the country..

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